You can finally live out your “Night at the Museum” dreams with a 21+ sleepover at Discovery Place Science on February 21 starting at 8 p.m. A ticket costs $105 and includes one drink (and a cash bar), Antarctica-themed activities, an IMAX screening, and late-night snacks.
The slumber party ties in with the Uptown museum’s Antarctic Dinosaurs exhibit, which opens on February 8. This is the latest venture for the family-friendly museum to attract a 21+ crowd after-hours as part of its popular Science on the Rocks series. The sleepover is meant to be a more intimate experience, however, with a group of around 200 people, compared to a crowd of roughly 1,700 at Science on the Rocks.
We’re living in a post-Fyre Festival era, so make sure you bring what you need to be comfortable (outlined in the packing list below), including your own water bottle and cash for the bar.
Activities: Your ticket includes access to the new exhibit where you can learn about four species of dinosaurs that have been discovered over the last 30 years in Antartica. During the sleepover, you can also make an explorer lamp, see an IMAX movie, do some science experiments, sing karaoke, play air hockey, and somehow find time to sleep, too.
Food and drinks: You can’t bring your own food, so eat a big dinner before check-in starts at 8 p.m. Snacks are served at 10:30 p.m. and include chicken tenders, French fries, pizza, and a Mediterranean plate. Breakfast is served at 7 a.m. and includes breads, muffins, fruit, juice, and coffee. The late-night snacks and continental breakfast are included in your ticket. Your ticket also includes one drink, and there’s a cash bar with beer, wine, and liquor open 8-11 p.m. Bring your own refillable water bottle, too.
Packing list: ID, toiletries (toothbrush, toothpaste, etc.), phone charger, sleeping bag/blankets, pillow, sleeping mask, pajamas, any medications you need, change of clothes, wet wipes if you want to wash your face/freshen up (there are no showers), refillable water bottle.
Sleeping situation: Everyone is sleeping on the floor of Level 1 (it’s a co-ed situation), which can fit up to 200 people. You’ll be assigned a specific area, like the aquarium, rain forest, or KidScience room. There will be some light and sounds, so bring a sleeping mask and ear plugs if you’re sensitive. You need to bring your own pillow and blanket/sleeping bag, and you can bring a cushion/mat or twin-size air mattress, if you want.
Schedule: Check-in starts at 8 p.m., and museum employees will store your overnight bags during activity time. Activities are from 8 p.m. to midnight, lights out by 12:30 p.m. (sorry, you can’t roam the museum). Wake up call is at 6:30 a.m., followed by breakfast at 7 a.m.
Antarctic Dinosaurs: If you want to see the exhibit without the giant sleepover, you can get regular museum tickets ($22 for non-members) here closer to the opening date. The exhibit runs from February 8 to May 25.
Zoom out: Major changes could be coming to the Discovery Place Science in the next five to 10 years. In January, during Charlotte City Council’s annual retreat, city officials said the museum either needs a complete renovation or an entirely new building to keep up with rapid changes in the STEM field.
Here’s where you’ll be sleeping: